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Assam govt favours early Assembly elections

The state govt has urged the EC to advance the assembly election by a month to April next year in view of the onset of monsoon usually in May.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2005 23:15 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Favouring two-phase poll, the Assam government has urged the Election Commission to advance the election to the State Assembly by a month to April next year in view of the onset of monsoon usually in May.

"We have urged the Election Commission to hold the next Assembly election before April, considering the onset of monsoon and festive season of Bihu," Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told reporters on the sideline of a function on Thursday.

The tenure of the 126-member Assam Assembly ends in May next year.

He said the State Chief Secretary had a meeting with the EC recently and conveyed the State Government's desire.

"But it is upto the Commission to decide about the date after consulting with governments of four other election bound states - Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal and Pandicherry," Gogoi said after attending a function where an English journal of Assamese literature and culture was inaugurated.

The full Election Commission is expected to visit the state shortly to look into the preparation for the election.

The Chief Minister said they favoured two-phase poll for better deployment of security forces throughout the state.

"However, if the EC decides for a single-phase election we have no objection," he said.

When asked about the prospect of his party, Congress, entering into poll alliances, Gogoi said it was too early to say anything. "But our door is open for alliance with like-minded parties."

First Published: Dec 08, 2005 23:15 IST